The Single Mums Move On

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Well written, fast paced and easy to read. I can't fault it in that respect.

 I'm sure I read the first one and thoroughly enjoyed it but this one left me feeling a bit old (early 50s). I'm not a prude but with strong language, anal sex, threesomes, golden showers and cocaine in the first couple of chapters , it wasn't what I' was expecting in a chick lit!  Like I say I don't object to that in storylines but was a bit suprised. Im more used to that in erotica.
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So…until writing this review I had failed to register the ‘based on true events’ part of the blurb. I think that makes me love this story just a little bit more!

As I said I am not a big fan of reading books in a series out of sequence but I really liked the sound of this one and it promised that it could be read as a stand alone – which it definitely could.

I loved getting to know Abi and her daughter Grace, and found Abi a really charming, relatable and funny lead character. Some of the situations she finds herself in are hilarious – and the fact they are based on true events had me really gobsmacked! The book was easy to read and very enjoyable. The characters were fun and the book moved at a good pace.

Perfect for any chick-lit fans and a brilliant Summer holiday read if you are off on your travels soon!
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I was really looking forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. This book had me engrossed from start to finish. 
Ali enjoyed the time she had spent living in the 'Single mums Mansion' with her daughter Grace after being left by her husband. They have had some good times there and made some fantastic friends, but with two of her friends now moving on Grace feels that her and Grace should do the same too. 
Ali and Grace find themselves living in the close knit and very nosy gated community known as 'The Mews'. It soon becomes apparent just how nosy all of the residents are and just how much they all live in each others pockets.
all of the residents have their own quirks and some are easier to get on with than others but Ali and Grace are soon making friends. Life within the Mews is full of drama but amongst that there does lay some good friendships that blossom as the story goes on.
Will Ali find everything she is looking for at 'The Mews'?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is the second in the series but can easily be read as a standalone read.
There are some brilliant characters within the book and they all ad something different to the story. I loved the character of Ali she was so down to earth and very relatable. The way she cares for her daughter is fantastic too.
This is the first book I have read from Janet Hoggarth and I am already looking forward to reading what comes next.
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A great book that really kept me glued to it

I loved the cast of characters at the start. When there are so many people to meet, having something like that is a huge help. 

Fast paced and light, it's the perfect feel good read.
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I saw Single Mums in the title and knew immediately that this was the book for me. Single mommyhood representation whoo hoo!

This is the second book in this series and usually I have a thing about reading books out of order but with this book I didn’t feel lost at all. Instead I laughed a lot the entire read through and immediately went to hunt down the first book at my library.. 

This was a fun quick read with a host of zany and hilarious characters. The plot is original and held my interest with witty commentary and nail biting situations. It was also so nice to relate to the protagonist and her single momhood. This book reassured  me that although things get rough there is always ALWAYS a solution. Even if that solution is by simply laughing.

Thanks very much to the publisher and Netgalley for my Arc.
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This is a new author to me and I really enjoyed this entertaining, engaging read and I will certainly be looking at other books by Janet Hoggarth. This may be 2 in the series but it can certainly be read as a stand-alone as you can see see from my rating I had no problem getting into the story. 
Ali and Grace are about to make their own way in life it’s time to move on and a chance meeting leads them to The Mews a South London gated community. Everyone lives in each other’s pockets at The Mews and the neighbors are an eclectic bunch but there is never a dull moment, a different day a different drama, tears are shed and laughter shared as friendships are formed .....
This is an entertaining read with some quirky characters and I’m sure you will love it
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Wickedly witty and wonderfully entertaining, Janet Hoggarth’s The Single Mums Move On is a fabulously breezy page-turner guaranteed to keep readers riveted to the page from start to finish.

After Ali’s partner had left her, she had found herself living with her daughter Grace in what became known as the Single Mums Mansion alongside fellow sole parents Amanda and Jacqui. However, Ali and Grace find themselves having to make their own way after Amanda and Jacqui move on and so they set up home in The Mews, an infamous South London gated community where there is always something going on and where things do not stay quiet for long. As Ali and Grace begin to get to know their neighbours, they soon find themselves in the thick of the action and getting into a whole lot of trouble!

Curtain twitching is an occupation which the residents of The Mews have got down to a fine art and with neighbours as interesting as these gossip spreads like wildfire in the blink of an eye. From Nick the alleged spy to sexy Carl who is drop dead gorgeous but has his own demons to contend with to TV agent Samantha who is not as in control as she likes to make out and Debbie who is about to face the fight of her life. Who needs TV when you’ve a real life soap opera happening right outside your doorstep?

Drama, laughter, tears, triumphs and tragedies are all happening at The Mews, however, will Ali find what she has been looking for in the new gated community? Or is she merely setting herself up for more heartache and disappointment? Have Ali and Grace finally found a place they can call home? Or is everything about to go wrong again for the two of them?

Difficult to put down, hard to resist and absolutely fabulous, The Single Mums Move On is a brilliantly addictive read that kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Janet Hoggarth knows how to write an enthralling read that will have readers laughing and crying in equal measures and The Single Mums Move On is a gorgeously uplifting and scintillating contemporary read that ticks all the right boxes.

Readers who love Milly Johnson and Fiona Gibson are simply going to adore Janet Hoggarth and The Single Mums Move On!
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Ali and her daughter Grace used to live in the house that became the “Single Mums’ Mansion” and now as Jacqui and Amanda have moved on with their lives – she’s in need of something new and stable for the two of them. While she loved the sense of community in their small attic room, she’s also wanting to take more control of her life, and stabilize the relationship between Grace and her father.  A chance meeting leads to her viewing a house in “The Mews”, a gated community in South London. The house is perfect for the two of them, and the fact that it is gated means that no one can “surprise’ visit them, or that Ali’s last disastrous boyfriend can’t appear and worm his way back in.  

But with all of the wonder that is The Mews, there are issues: neighbors that seem to see and hear (and know) everything, one that she only spots behind a twitching curtain and another who is impossibly brusque and sharp – contrasted with the very flamboyant orchestrator in Jo as well as a handful of people who are also undergoing great change, it will take a bit of getting used to before Ali can actually move forward with the positive changes she wants to make in her life, and be less apt to diving headfirst into the worst possible options.  

Clever, with a cast of characters that feels daunting at first, until Hoggarth gives us enough information and interactions (both first and third-hand) to let them all become clear.  Every person that we encounter will provide a new step in growth for Ali, and whether the interactions start positively or with a bit of ‘what did I do’ groans the next morning, it is a group of people that you WANT to get to know and would love to be a part of the scene. There are moments to love, laugh at and with Ali, and even want to give her a good shake: all tempered with the good-natured and often firm hands of those around her – pushing her into healthier (physically, mentally and financially) choices for both she and Grace.  Come join The Mews and see just how much a community and change can do for a life. 

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

Review first appeared at   I am, Indeed 
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I adored The Single Mum's Mansion, which was a safe haven for single mums in London. I reviewed the book and was on the blog tour for it. I kept hoping there'd be a sequel, and this is it. The Single Mum's Move On follows Ali, a single mother and her daughter Grace as they try to find somewhere else to go after the other mums including Ali's friends Amanda and Jacqui, moved on. 

During their search, they come across the opportunity to move into The Mews, a gated community in East Dulwich. There are so many characters here, some have happy lives, others have sadder ones but they all have one thing in common: a love of gossip. 

The Single Mums Move on is a story of heartbreak and sad times but also of hope and how to get your life back on track again. I identified with Ali at the uncertainty she went through, of learning who she could and couldn't trust. There were some laugh-out-loud moments and some nerve wracking ones and I felt so bad for Grace when she had to leave the ice cream at the supermarket.I identified with Ali all the way through due to her feelings of being alone and that it was her and Grace against the world. 

Janet Hoggarth has a gift for creating a great cast of characters (and there are a lot in the Single Mums series so far). Fortunately, as with book 1, there's a helpful "Cast of characters" section at the beginning of the book which outlines who everyone is and what their role at The Mews is, and some anecdotes about the characters. 

5 stars. I wonder if there'll be another book in the series? If there is, I'll be ready to review it! 

Thanks to Janet Hoggarth and Aria for my ARC in exchange for an honest and volunrary review and a slot on the blog tour for the title. 

Enjoyable, emotional funny real and relatable, this is a must-read if you are looking for a gripping novel about starting over. Book 1 is excellent too but book 2 can be approached as a standalone. The books are based on a true story and that makes me love them even more. I always want to search out the true story they were inspired by!
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This was book 2 in the series, but that didn't disrupt my reading. I got the basic gist of book 1 and did not feel that the characters were strangers to me.

Janet Hoggarth did a fabulous job in endearing the characters to me. Ali and Grace knew it was time to make a new start and decided to move to the gated community known as The Mews with eclectic quirky characters. The neighbors were cute but so damn nosy.. I wouldn't be able to stay in such a place.

Both Ali and Grace were etched beautifully by the author, I could connect with them. Each one was interesting in their own way. The Mews had a lot of drama happening everyday, but it also forged strong friendships. Janet had made them appear real.

Emotions of love, laughter, happiness seeped through the story. There was warmth in their relationships, romance had its own sweet spot. A light fun easy-breezy read was this book.
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The Blurb :
After her fiancé left her, Ali and her daughter Grace enjoyed living in what became known as 'the Single Mums' Mansion'. However, with her best friends Amanda and Jacqui moving on, it's time for Ali and Grace to make their own way. Thankfully, a chance conversation leads to them moving into the infamous South London gated community known only as The Mews.
In The Mews everyone lives in each other's pockets and curtain twitching is an Olympic sport. The neighbours are an eclectic bunch – from Nick the alleged spy, Carl the gorgeous but clearly troubled Idris Elba lookalike, to Debbie who is about to face the hardest fight of her life, and TV agent Samantha who is not as in control as she likes to pretend.
Each day brings another drama, but along with the tears, real friendships grow. And her neighbours' problems might unlock the key to something Ali has yearned for all along...
Will these single mums be able to move on from life in the mansion?

My Thoughts :
I didnt know this was a sequel but as I knew it could be read as a standalone I wasnt bothered about not reading the first book.
Here we are back with Ali and her daughter Grace, after living in The Single Mums Mansion they have not decided its time to move on and into The Mews. The only downside is that its a very close community with everyone knowing everyones business and a lot of interfering goes on between the neighbours. As Ali and Grace settle in and get to know some of the neighbours, some nice and some not so nice, we have a few treats and laughs in store and some romance thrown into the mix aswell. 
I really enjoyed getting to know Ali and Grace, Ali is a real fun character and I could easily have her as a friend. This also has great supporting characters added in, which I enjoyed getting to know along the way. 
Janet Hogarth writes well and keeps the reader engaged at all time. Its an easy read with some great descriptions. One that you can just picture yourself right there in the scene.
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Brilliant I was praying I would be able to read it.
Thank you for that x
I'd love to live like they for a while.  Not too long . I'm too moody! Lol
Couldn't put it down one of my favourites of 2019 x
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I enjoyed the first book in the single mums series, but for me, this one is even better. This is Ali’s story, although Amanda and Jacqui are featured. Ali is stumbling out of, yet another terrible relationship, Amanda suggests, there is a pattern to this self-destruction, and maybe she needs to be single for a while, to find out who she is, and what she wants out of life.

When it looks like Ali and Grace may have to take refuge with Amanda, a lifeline from an unexpected source, brings them to ‘The Mews’, an enigmatic gated community in South London. The characters that live there are beautifully flawed and realistic and their lives make Ali realise that she’s not the only one with problems.

The friendships that follow, are full of love, laughter and sadness. Ali finds a way forward and romance in an unexpected place, The story flows well, and the ethos of the community, is addictive, making me read this story in one sitting.

 I received a copy of this book from Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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The Single Mums Move On is a sequel to The Single Mums' Mansion and is a book full of engaging characters and an effortless, engaging storyline.  If you can read The Single Mums' Mansion first you totally should but this book reads perfectly as a standalone also.

The characters are so well described throughout the book that I started to recognise one or two personalities from my own life - past and present.  I think that will be a common thing from readers and, for me, it just added to the reading experience and made the laughs even better and the romance even sweeter.

If you manage to get a quiet afternoon to yourself this summer by the pool, or out in the back garden in the sun, this book will make a perfect companion.  It's not too taxing and there are lots of laughs, love and even some secrets!
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I think I would have enjoyed this one more if I'd read the previous books but I did enjoy getting to know the characters and reading about their developing friendships. A fun read. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON by Janet Hoggarth is a heartwarming and entertaining story of new beginnings and true friendship and I really enjoyed it.

'The Single Mums' Mansion' helped Ali and her daughter Grace find their feet when they needed it most but it is time to move on to new beginnings and when they get the opportunity to move into The Mews they jump at the chance. A community where everyone knows everything about each other, or think they do anyway, it isn't long before Ali is getting to know her new neighbours, some of whom are more friendly than others. But as drama unfolds, friendships will shine through the hard times, and Ali may just find happiness as she has never known before.

Engaging characters, a great plot, and a style of writing that lures the reader into this story on every page, THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON by Janet Hoggarth is a wonderful story that is sure to please fiction fans everywhere. While this book is a sequel, it can easily be read as a standalone which is exactly what I have done. 

THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON by Janet Hoggarth is a moving and appealing story and I highly recommend it.
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Having really loved The Single Mums Mansion, I was thrilled to bits to get the chance to read the sequel - and it's every bit as good as I had hoped!

Single parent Ali needs to find a new home; the time to leave the mansion is now - but where will she find somewhere perfect for both her and daughter Grace, and at a rent she can afford? A chance encounter leads her to find her new home in The Mews, a gated community bursting with new people to meet. What does the future hold for them both?

A wonderful follow-up to the original, this novel is packed full of fun and laughter! With an influx of fabulous new characters as well as the originals still in the picture, there are so many opportunities to giggle and grin and author Janet Hoggarth didn't miss a single one. A great mix of fun stories along with covering a couple of serious subjects, the words just flew by - this is such an easy read. Each character is beautifully crafted, easy to picture and completely believable. The setting is superb, the writing flows easily and it's such a joy to read from beginning to end. The only thing I wasn't keen on was the character descriptions at the start; too many details about those I hadn't yet encountered and in all honesty I just skipped on by. It didn't affect my enjoyment in the least though, and this is a super five star all-encompassing read.

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and to Victoria Joss for inviting me to take part in this Blog Tour. All stated opinions are entirely my own.
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"Single Mums Move On" was a light and fun read for me. It would make a great summer book to read by the beach. I loved the dynamic between Ali and Grace and the eccentric neighbors added much fun. I  saw that this book was set in London and was worried about understanding all of the references and British humor, but didn't; see that come up as an issue at all while reading the book.
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A lovely read following the first book in the series which I haven’t read, but I didn’t feel like I was missing much at all jumping in here. So can be read as a standalone book. Easy light read, nice story and enjoyable , great summer read

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this for an honest opinion
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A swift read that's meant to stand alone, but left me feeling a bit adrift without having read the first in the series. THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON has a wonderful ensemble cast and an intriguing concept, but fell a bit flat for me, which might just be due to the lack of context.
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